Buy fresh local produce at school

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Imagine doing your fruit and veg shopping when you go to pick up the kids from school – all in the one location. For busy parents who “love” doing multiple tasks at once and who wish that there were more hours in the day, this is perfect for you!

Walking into the school grounds you are confronted with overflowing crates of seasonal leafy greens, ripe tomatoes, juicy carrots and fresh green beans all picked that morning by Clarence McLaughlin who farms at Green Valley Plantation Farm in Grand Cayman.

“This is about food education. Supporting local sustainability with growing vegetables and eating local and showing the children exactly where our food is coming from,” said Dawn Eryou, a teacher’s assistant at Montessori del Sol, who spoke to Cayman 27 about the markets.

“It’s such a different experience when you’re going to the supermarket and things have travelled so far.”

Project Grow is the inspiration behind this pop-up market, now appearing in four schools across Grand Cayman.

Privately sponsored, this food schools program has been giving primary school students hands-on experience building edible gardens and growing their own vegetables for more than five years.

“About 98 per cent of the produce consumed in the Cayman Islands is imported,” said Karen Ebanks from Generali Worldwide, a sponsor of Project Grow.

“We have been educating students on how to grow their own food for years, but we then realised that we needed to convert this into not just growing but also eating these nutritional foods.

“By establishing these school markets, we are bringing the farmers directly in contact with families which also encourages important conversations about where does our food come from, supporting local community, sustainable food production and our impact on the environment.”

It’s a giant step forward in shifting the mindset to a healthier lifestyle for those who live in this beautiful tri-island nation.

Louise FitzRoy | Founder & Director
From Paddock to Plate Enterprises Pty Ltd

Photos courtesy of Project Grow

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